Sydney’s favourite wine and food festival is back, bigger and even more Italian. Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in August with the return of the Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to fresh-pasta finery for the connoisseur, the festival has food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover. Australia’s top Italian cooks are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with MasterChef favourites Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater) and Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio) leading the charge. Proudly presented by Smeg, the festival is all about celebrating wine, food and culture together in inimitable Italian style.
Alongside 300 of Italy’s finest wines (and a great selection of Australian wines made from Italian grapes), there’ll be the chance to shop for salumi, cheese, pastries, gelato, bread, olive oil and more at our food market. The teams from Sydney’s top Italian restaurants (Pilu at Freshwater, Ormeggio, Balla, A Tavola, LuMi, Aperitivo, Ajo and Osteria Russo & Russo among them) will be cooking up a storm, and there’ll be cooking demonstrations and food talks hosted by chefs from the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (aka CIRA). Round out the day relaxing in the wine garden listening to the best in Italian jazz played live, or take in an olive oil master class with Nino Zoccali from Pendolino.
Best of all, this year’s festival runs both night and day, with sessions running till 9pm for lovers of Italian wine and food who like to get busy after the sun goes down. As night falls, some of the city’s younger Italian cooking talents will strut their stuff, and DJs will spin tracks to keep the vibe pumping.